Dan Brouillette served under the previous secretary in a deputy role
The Federal Energy Regulatory Committee voted down a proposal from the Department of Energy offering financial support for power plants that keep a 90-day supply of fuel stock on site (basically coal and nuclear plants). The FERC said the cost to consumers far outweighed any possible grid security benefit of the measure.
A potential lack of government funding could help other countries pull ahead.
Funding for the much-lauded ARPA-E innovation program, which funds energy projects with serious potential, will be removed.
During the campaign, the president-elect said he would 'drain the swamp.' Will he follow through?